Author: J.L. Spohr
Publisher: Plum Street Press
Publish Date: June 4, 2013
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a historical romance fan.
From Goodreads.com: "It's 1569. Elizabeth I sits on the English throne, the Reformation inflames the Continent, and whispers of war abound. But in Troixden, just north of France, the Lady Annelore isn't interested in politics. Times are hard, taxes are high, and the people in her duchy need her help just to survive. Her widowed father is a good man easily distracted by horses, and her newly knighted childhood friend...well, he has plans of his own. Then Annelore receives a call she can't ignore. When Troixden's sadistic king died childless, his younger brother William returns from exile to find his beloved country on the brink of civil war. He's in desperate need of the stability that comes with a bride and heirs. But Annelore, his chosen queen, won't come quietly. Now the future of Troixden lies in the hands of two people who never wanted the power they've received and never dreamed that from duty and honor they might find love and a path to peace. Heirs & Spares is one part history, two parts palace plotting, and a whole lot of juicy romantic intrigue. Break out the spiced wine and sink in to this rousing read."
My Two Cents:
"Heirs and Spares" is a historical romance book with a lot of good historical detail. Annelore always thought she'd marry her childhood sweetheart, Bryan. When King William comes a-callin', her plans might have to change whether she wants it or not. Looking for love? Palace intrigue? This book might fit the bill for you.
I really enjoyed the romance between King William and Annelore. Although Annelore doesn't seem wholly convinced in the beginning that marrying William is going to be the best thing for her. It's definitely not what she had planned. Spohr very clearly shows how they fall together and I loved reading about their burgeoning romance. It's very sweet!
Although the characters in this book are totally fictional, this book has a lot of historical elements that historical fiction purists will love. It must be mentioned that the setting is fictional as well. I really liked Spohr's look at what 16th century European life was like. I really liked reading all of the descriptions of what court life was like.
The writing in this book was definitely engaging. It's a fairly short book and a quick read. The story would be a great way to while away these last few days of summer.